Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Facts on Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche:

*brewed with 100% Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Malt
*8% alcohol
*40 bitter units from finest aroma hops
*Bernstein (amber) color
Schlenkerla Oak Smoke will be available during Christmas time 2009 at our historic brewery tavern in Bamberg (first tapping Dec. 18th), and on draft as special import in the USA - please contact our US importer for availability.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-13-2009

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#3,359
Reviews:
437
Ratings:
945
pDev:
13.37%
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Ratings: 945 |  Reviews: 437
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

R: clear, mid-dark brown with a white head.
N: that beautiful, sweet Beechwood smoke dominates.
B: more agreeable than I remember the Marzen being. Crisper, cleaner, with still a great level of that famous smoked malt.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A: small slightly off white head tiny bubbled. Body is a rich reddish brown hue with fairly good clarity.

S: Lots of smoke and a light meat smell with some bready malts in the background and a little caramel.

T: Lots of smokiness up front with a layered campfireesque flavor then some nice bready sweet flavor finishing out with more of that smokiness.

M: Medium bodied maybe a little towards the lighter side which is odd for a doppelbock.

O: this is probably my least favorite of their beers, I think the smoke overwhelms the doppelbock too much.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of babaracas
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish dark orange with thin white head that fades to thin halo with a few spots of lace.

Smell: grassy and lemony hops, a little booze and caramel, wood smoke and not as pungent as their usual (apparently beech wood) smoke component.

Taste: caramel, a little date, smoked gouda, spicy and slightly citric hops.

Easier drinking than some of their other offerings but still smoky and tasty.

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Photo of mcallister
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful color of molten copper with a bit of an orange hue. Pretty still with a slight smoggy effect. A half inch white head thin and whispy goes fades into a foamy cap.

Love this brewery and the uniqueness of there malt. Meaty, smokey, bready malts. Light brown sugar and carmel aromas. Only a twinge of oak at the finish. Oh so lovely.

Again love this brewery. This is much more drinkable and palatable than their regual run. Don't know if it's the oak aging making the overall smokiness more rounded and laid back or if it's just this beer but whatever it is its damn tasty. Burnt caramel, oak, charred woods, smoked meats, brown sugar, some dried fig on the very finish. Creamy nice mouth with a medium sweet finish that than ends dryly. Quite good.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great in the glass at the Schlenkerla Tavern watching the tourists blunder about and great from the bottle in the USA poured int a snifter to enjoy! Recommended!

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Photo of FBarber
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONUMello
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Bronze color with a thin head & nice carbonation. Edited after the glass was consumed to note the lacing this beer leaves on the glass is possibly the best I've ever seen... upped the appearance score to reflect this
S: Smoky & meaty, particularly bacon & smoked ham. Some smoked malt/jalapeno cornbread also comes through
T: Hard to believe but this is almost smokier than the nose. I enjoyed the brewery's Rauchbier Märzen... this is at least if not more smokey. Lots of grilled meats & some hops too. I like it but it's almost too much of a good thing
M: Medium-bodied. Smokey (duh) if you can feel such a thing; distinctly smooth
O: If you like smoke, cured meat/charcuterie, etc you will love this. Definitely distinct & well made. But probably not for everyone

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Photo of nickd717
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from K&L Redwood City.

Pours a surprisingly light copper color with a small white head that has average retention.

The aroma is smoked ham sandwich on rye, not an uncommon smell for me to pick up in Aecht Schlenkerla beers. Some sweet malty notes back it up.

The flavor is rather typical for beers from these guys. Sweet pale malt, caramel, and a hammy intense smokiness.

Pretty nice mouthfeel, smooth with medium-plus body and average carbonation. Long smoky meaty finish that sticks with you.

Overall, nothing really wowed me, and I’ll say I like the Urbock better. Don't get me wrong though - it's still a great beer.

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Photo of shehateme
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of armock
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A special thanks to Champ103 for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a hazy copper color with an off white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Like all Schlenkerla beers its a nose full of smoked malt but this one has some burnt oak to it with some sweetness

T - I love it this is like drinking a candied oak campfire the smoke comes out first then the sweetness comes through for a bit but the burnt oak comes back to finish everything off

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I think its pretty easy to see where I stand with this beer and like all Schlenkerla beers I love it even though the abv is a bit higher than the rest of the line up I can't help but to keep on getting sips of this stuff if you like smoked beers this is a beer that you should hunt down to try

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Photo of HardTarget
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light murk in the deep amber brown glass. Holds the thinnest of halos of white head and gives up a little lacing, but nothing special to look at.

Smell: Boom. Ham. Smokey ham. Almost a leathery note, lightly earthy, but just ham.

Taste: The smokey balances out nicely with the toffee light sweetness giving a complicated but never overwhelming experience. The ham bit is firm and probably stomps out some of the subtle flavors of the rich malt, but it's a feast of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick, low carbonation, light coat in the finish.

Overall: A holiday treat. Definitely worth seeking out and trying.

Big thanks to Illudium for the sample!

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Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of stephens101
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has a fantastic, tall, tan head with considerable density. Redolent reddish-brown in color.

Smells of caramel, smouldering, charred wood, smoked meats (no shit!) and faint cherry. Whoa.

Tastes woody and eathy with prominent notes of oak. Caramel malt sweetness, grain and bubblegum make waves to create a brilliant complexity.

So smooth with a medium body and well-hidden alcohol.

Sharp and sturdy brew.

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Photo of rarbring
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew is clear amber, an off-white rather small head, some lacing and some curtains.

The smell is clearly smoky, a bit of tar and peat, some wood. Very much like a traditional wood sauna.

Upfront sweet, brown sugar, sweet bread, smoked meat, sweet sour bitter nuances (mango chutney?).

Low carbonation, soft and oily, a rather dry finish.

A pleasant moderated rauchbier.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of CPAles
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chico1985
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at Julio's recently.

Pour is copper orange/amber with a tiny bit of sediment dust floating about, off-white head retains as a thick cap, some lacing left.

Smoke is there but somewhat on the light side, mixing well with toasty and roasted malts, bread, caramel, and hot dogs.

Smoky grilled meat and light char stronger in the taste, but nicely well-rounded with doppelbock flavors coming through. Big caramel, toffee, roast, dark fruit. Some lighter-end fruits (apple) and some licorice noticeable.

Somewhat thin, could use more of a full-on malty feel but decent. Obvious smokiness and some alcohol presence make this kind of a sipper, but it's well-balanced.

Good, as always a nicely complex and interesting rauchbier from Schlenkerla. It's not my favorite of theirs but the bigger/doppelbock take on this one definitely supplies its own unique charm.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very good, but I must say that I was a little disappointed with this compared to their smoked Marzen and Ur-Bock, both of which are phenomenal.

Amber-pale copper, med. Pale tan head steadily shrinks to foamy ring, a little lace.

Aroma is campfire smoke, caramelized grain, bread crust.

Taste is wood smoke, caramelized sweet bread crust up front, hint of spicy-raisiny fruitiness, lingering spicy smokiness just dominates finish & lingers. It’s pretty good, but a bit one-dimensional and slightly sharp.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of FreshHawk
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice crisp bronze color with a medium sized, thickish, fluffy, foamy, white head. Decent retention leaving a thin foamy lace.

S - Really nice aroma with the obvious smoked meat aroma. The oak provides a nice level to the aroma. There is a nice caramel/sweet malt aroma that in other beers can be overpowered by the smoked aroma. A very subtle raisin like aroma as well.

T - Like the nose, there is a lot of smoked meat flavor, but not much of a bonfire smokiness. Oak flavor is definitely present, though not dominating. Caramel malt and a subtle dark fruit flavor as well as a very faint hoppy bitterness show up. Pretty complex.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Quite smooth.

D - Like other smoked beers I've had, this is a one and done for a while, but the complexity is quite nice.

Notes: Interesting, complex smoked beer. Smoked meat is the strongest, but this more than other similar beers provides more balance and complexity to the flavor. Has subtle/vague doppelbock hints as well as oak.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 945 ratings